Author: Chris Harlan


Shaler’s Mekhi Reynolds battles against McKeesport’s Justin Todd during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Shaler defeats McKeesport, celebrates 1st playoff win since ’12
February 19, 2019
It’s been awhile since this kind of celebration was heard inside Shaler’s locker room.

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4 WPIAL athletes win multiple individual golds at TSTCA indoor championship
February 17, 2019
Mt. Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson ran the state’s fastest mile Saturday and four WPIAL athletes won multiple individual gold medals at the TSTCA indoor championships in Edinboro.

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy kisses the state championship trophy after the Indians defeated Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn Hills football’s Daequan Hardy receives another postseason award
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy added another postseason honor to his list.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Ohio State joins list of schools recruiting Mars’ Michael Carmody
February 15, 2019
Mars junior Michael Carmody added his ninth Big 10 football offer Thursday when conference champion Ohio State joined his scholarship list.

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North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL’s top football players, said Friday that he’s transferring out of state.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson runs to the finish line to win the Class AAA boys race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson named state’s top cross country runner by Gatorade
Mt. Lebanon runner Patrick Anderson, who won WPIAL and PIAA titles in the fall, was named this week as the state’s Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer talks with Andrew Casey during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 14, 2019
Good bye or bad bye?

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Union’s Michael Flowers shoots a three-pointer, as Clairton’s Leonard Robinson defends during their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Hampton High School.
No. 6 Union tops No. 11 Clairton with barrage of third-quarter 3-pointers
Union followed a nine-point second quarter with a 29-point third, and the difference was a few well-timed 3-pointers.

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PIAA football semifinals schedule: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland head east
November 25, 2018
Penn Hills and Pine-Richland have long bus rides ahead next weekend, while three other WPIAL football champions can stay closer to home. The PIAA announced semifinal sites and times Sunday. Penn Hills will travel to Chambersburg for a matchup with Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m., Friday. Pine-Richland returns to Altoona's

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WPIAL causes buzz by seeding Burgettstown second in deep Class 2A bracket
October 29, 2018
When the Class 2A bracket appeared on the overhead screen, Mark Druga knew immediately that his phone would start buzzing, so he turned it off. andquot;I did not want to interrupt the process,andquot; the Burgettstown coach said Monday at the WPIAL pairings meeting. andquot;I didn't want to be that guy,

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With Heinz Field rematch possible, might Pine-Richland, North Allegheny hold back in regular-season finale?
October 26, 2018
It's possible that Pine-Richland and North Allegheny will play one another twice in the span of a few weeks. The two top-ranked rivals are favorites to rematch in the WPIAL Class 6A final, so might that affect how NA coach Art Walker and Pine's Eric Kasperowicz approach Friday's matchup in

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Five things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 20, 2018
Anyone have a spare quarter It's looking likely the WPIAL will need a coin flip to break a three-way tie for first place in the Class A Tri-County South. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formula can't break a tie, the deciding factor becomes chance. The WPIAL

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
October 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
September 21, 2018
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
September 8, 2018
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
August 25, 2018
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
July 12, 2018
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
June 4, 2018
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
May 12, 2018
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
May 7, 2018
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
May 5, 2018
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 4, 2018
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
March 20, 2018
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 9, 2018
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
January 27, 2018
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
January 17, 2018
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
November 11, 2017
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Montour's Jaxon Schrenker slaps the hands of young cheerleaders as he takes the field for a game against Mars Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
November 1, 2017
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California coach Darrin Dillow
California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
October 21, 2017
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Junior Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of game Friday night against West Allegheny.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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The Upper St. Clair football team celebrates a 21-20 win over West Allegheny in overtime Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
October 7, 2017
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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Imani Christian's Brian Yates carries for a touchdown past Jeannette's Ian Smith during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr (53) forces a fumbles on Plum's Marcus Thomas (25) in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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Pine-Richland's Jason DeFrancisis (17) celebrates his touchdown with Dawson Goltz next to Wayne's Justin Harris during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
September 21, 2017
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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Shaler’s Mekhi Reynolds battles against McKeesport’s Justin Todd during a WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Feb. 18, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
Shaler defeats McKeesport, celebrates 1st playoff win since ’12
February 19, 2019
It’s been awhile since this kind of celebration was heard inside Shaler’s locker room.

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4 WPIAL athletes win multiple individual golds at TSTCA indoor championship
February 17, 2019
Mt. Lebanon junior Patrick Anderson ran the state’s fastest mile Saturday and four WPIAL athletes won multiple individual gold medals at the TSTCA indoor championships in Edinboro.

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Penn Hills’ Daequan Hardy kisses the state championship trophy after the Indians defeated Manheim Central in the PIAA Class 5A final Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at Hersheypark Stadium.
Penn Hills football’s Daequan Hardy receives another postseason award
Penn Hills senior Daequan Hardy added another postseason honor to his list.

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Mars tackle and tight end Michael Carmody prepares for the upcoming 2018 season Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Mars.
Ohio State joins list of schools recruiting Mars’ Michael Carmody
February 15, 2019
Mars junior Michael Carmody added his ninth Big 10 football offer Thursday when conference champion Ohio State joined his scholarship list.

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North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green works out Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at the high school.
North Catholic football standout Nikhai Hill-Green announces transfer out of state
North Catholic’s Nikhai Hill-Green, one of the WPIAL’s top football players, said Friday that he’s transferring out of state.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Patrick Anderson runs to the finish line to win the Class AAA boys race during the TSTCA cross country meet Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at California University.
Mt. Lebanon’s Anderson named state’s top cross country runner by Gatorade
Mt. Lebanon runner Patrick Anderson, who won WPIAL and PIAA titles in the fall, was named this week as the state’s Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer talks with Andrew Casey during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 14, 2019
Good bye or bad bye?

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Union’s Michael Flowers shoots a three-pointer, as Clairton’s Leonard Robinson defends during their WPIAL Class A playoff game Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Hampton High School.
No. 6 Union tops No. 11 Clairton with barrage of third-quarter 3-pointers
Union followed a nine-point second quarter with a 29-point third, and the difference was a few well-timed 3-pointers.

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PIAA football semifinals schedule: Penn Hills, Pine-Richland head east
November 25, 2018
Penn Hills and Pine-Richland have long bus rides ahead next weekend, while three other WPIAL football champions can stay closer to home. The PIAA announced semifinal sites and times Sunday. Penn Hills will travel to Chambersburg for a matchup with Archbishop Wood at 7 p.m., Friday. Pine-Richland returns to Altoona's

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WPIAL causes buzz by seeding Burgettstown second in deep Class 2A bracket
October 29, 2018
When the Class 2A bracket appeared on the overhead screen, Mark Druga knew immediately that his phone would start buzzing, so he turned it off. andquot;I did not want to interrupt the process,andquot; the Burgettstown coach said Monday at the WPIAL pairings meeting. andquot;I didn't want to be that guy,

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With Heinz Field rematch possible, might Pine-Richland, North Allegheny hold back in regular-season finale?
October 26, 2018
It's possible that Pine-Richland and North Allegheny will play one another twice in the span of a few weeks. The two top-ranked rivals are favorites to rematch in the WPIAL Class 6A final, so might that affect how NA coach Art Walker and Pine's Eric Kasperowicz approach Friday's matchup in

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Five things we learned in Week 8 of high school football
October 20, 2018
Anyone have a spare quarter It's looking likely the WPIAL will need a coin flip to break a three-way tie for first place in the Class A Tri-County South. If head-to-head results, Gardner Points and the WPIAL's margin-of-victory formula can't break a tie, the deciding factor becomes chance. The WPIAL

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WPIAL high school football rankings for week of Oct. 6, 2018
October 6, 2018
WPIAL football Class 6A 1. Pine-Richland, 6-1, 1 2. North Allegheny, 7-0, 2 3. Central Catholic, 5-2, 3 4. Seneca Valley, 5-2, 4 5. Mt. Lebanon, 3-4, 5 Out: none Class 5A 1. Gateway, 7-0, 1 2. Penn Hills, 7-0, 2 3. Peters Township, 5-2, 3 4. West Allegheny, 5-1,

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Undefeated records add intensity to Aliquippa-Beaver Falls rivalry
September 21, 2018
Mike Warfield graduated from Aliquippa, played quarterback for the Quips and now is the football team's first-year coach. His wife is a Beaver Falls native

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Five things we learned from Week 2 of high school football
September 8, 2018
Greg Perry's teams are known for throwing the football. In his time at Seton LaSalle, where he went from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and

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Title game rematches on tap in Week 2 of high school football
September 6, 2018
RJ Hart and his Imani Christian teammates have waited nearly 10 months for this week. They've craved a rematch with Jeannette ever since last year's

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Central Catholic uses ‘mean, nasty football’ to break Cathedral Prep’s 28-game wins streak
August 25, 2018
Central Catholic's offense ran the football 28 times in the second half Friday, mostly between the tackles, and its defense held strong on a crucial

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North Allegheny's Ayden Owens wins the boys long jump final with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches at the Butler Invitational Friday, April 20, 2018, at Butler Area High School.
North Allegheny decathlete Ayden Owens places 12th at IAAF World U20 Championship
July 12, 2018
Ayden Owens' international track debut didn't end with a medal Wednesday, but the decathlete did add his name to the IAAF record books. The recent

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Gateway's Tui Faumuina-Brown sacks Penn-Trafford quarterback Cam Laffoon during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Heinz Field.
Class 5A football coaches approve of WPIAL’s choice for title game
June 25, 2018
Penn-Trafford football coach John Ruane and Gateway's Don Holl understand the atmosphere and excitement that come with Heinz Field. Their teams were there on opposite

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Vincentian Academy captains Mark Yakim, Kyler Fedko and Aidan Thomson hoist the championship trophy after the Royals defeated Southern Fulton, 5-3, in the PIAA Class A state final Friday, June 15, 2018, at Penn State University.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives recognizes Vincentian baseball team
June 21, 2018
The state House of Representatives recognized Vincentian Academy's baseball team for its PIAA championship during a ceremony Thursday in Harrisburg. Speaker of the House Mike

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Red Land's Joey Cotto scores past North Hills catcher JT Mazula during the third inning of their PIAA Class 5A first round playoff game Monday, June 4, 2018, at Wild Things Park.
WPIAL champion North Hills falls to Red Land in opening round of PIAA playoffs
June 4, 2018
Five days after celebrating a WPIAL baseball championship at Wild Things Park, North Hills' magical season ended on the same field. North Hills managed only

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Arizona freshman Jordan Geist competes during the Desert Heat Classic on April 28, 2018, at Drachman Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Knoch’s Jordan Geist headed to NCAAs in both shot put, discus
June 3, 2018
PIAA record-holder Jordan Geist, now a freshman thrower at Arizona, will compete for a national title in the shot put and discus this week at

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Penn Hills’ Daivon Stephens signs with Eastern Michigan
May 12, 2018
Daivon Stephens, who led Penn Hills to a WPIAL Class 6A basketball title, signed Saturday with Eastern Michigan. Penn Hills announced the senior's decision on

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Thomas Burns wins state football title in Pa., track title in Fla.
May 7, 2018
In the same school year, Thomas Burns won a state football title in Pennsylvania and a state track title in Florida. Burns, the brother of

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Downpour creates ‘brutal’ 1,600 meters at Baldwin Invite
May 5, 2018
Mt. Lebanon's Patrick Anderson was leading the boys 1,600-meter race when the storm clouds let loose over the Baldwin Invitational. The rain was shockingly cold,

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North Allegheny’s Ayden Owens breaks Dion Bentley’s decades-old record at Baldwin Invitational
Days like this are why Ayden Owens is a Southern Cal recruit. The North Allegheny senior dazzled Friday at the Baldwin Invitation by sweeping the

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Tennis finals rematch among Friday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports
May 4, 2018
For the second season in a row, Peters Township's Connor Bruce and Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky will battle in the WPIAL tennis finals. The two

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Class AA boys team tennis tournament tops Friday’s WPIAL schedule
April 20, 2018
Sewickley Academy starts its quest for a 15th consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship when the boys team tennis tournament begins Friday with first-round matches. Sewickley

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Quaker Valley’s offense struggles in PIAA semifinal loss to Sharon
March 20, 2018
For Quaker Valley, this was the kind of night where even a breakaway layup bounced off the side of the rim. Sharon quickly grabbed that

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Baskets scarce as Franklin Regional edges Moon in WPIAL quarterfinals
February 23, 2018
Two free throws in the final 22 seconds by junior Nick Leopold accounted for Franklin Regional's entire offensive output for the fourth quarter. Somehow, those

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Aliquippa head coach Mike Zmijanac checks his play book during the third fourth quarter against Central Valley Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Center.
Aliquippa school board votes to open position of football coach Mike Zmijanac
February 21, 2018
Mike Zmijanac listened quietly from the small auditorium's seats as a former player and several others asked the Aliquippa school board to let the hall

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OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
February 9, 2018
Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month. OLSH won 70-68, breaking their

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Canon-Mac's Andrew Engel pulls down a rebound in front of Mt. Lebanon's Hayden Mitchell during their game Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2017, at Canon-McMillan High School.
Allderdice, Canon-McMillan, Jeannette enter PIAA boys basketball rankings
January 29, 2018
A day after rising to No. 1 in the Trib's WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball rankings, Canon-McMillan earned a spot in the City of Basketball

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Mt. Lebanon's Aidan Cain stiff-arms Hempfield's Austin Gockel during the second half Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon wideout Aidan Cain commits to William & Mary
January 27, 2018
When college recruiters visited Mt. Lebanon, football coach Mike Melnyk told them to keep their eyes on little-known Aidan Cain. The wideout had Division 1

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The Daily 3: Your Guide to the WPIAL
Boys basketball section rematches are part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics
January 18, 2018
A number of boys basketball sections have reached the season's midway point, so it's time battle everybody again. Among Friday night's games is a section

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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington drives between Ambridge's De'Marri Jones (5) and Monterey Carpenter during their game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Leetsdale.
Top-ranked Quaker Valley gets defensive to defeat No. 2 Ambridge
January 17, 2018
With Drexel recruit Coletrane Washington in the lineup, Quaker Valley can score with anybody in the WPIAL, so a 23-point quarter isn't all that unusual.

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Three top-ranked teams to compete at Mt. Lebanon
January 3, 2018
Three top-ranked WPIAL basketball teams will share a gym Saturday when Mt. Lebanon hosts andquot;The Challenge.andquot; The 10-team event features the top-ranked Mt. Lebanon boys

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Bethel Park boys hold off Upper St. Clair rally in Section 2-6A clash
After a gritty 26-point effort, Bethel Park senior Justin Meis still surmised that he's probably not the best basketball player on the team or even

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Pine-Richland's Phil Jurkovec (15) hands the ball off to Kenny White (1) during their WPIAL playoff game in Ambridge on Nov. 10, 2017.
QB Phil Jurkovec shines as No. 1 Pine-Richland tops rival North Allegheny to reach WPIAL Class 6A final
November 11, 2017
The only accolade absent from Phil Jurkovec's resume, a sensational three-year span that already has him mentioned among the WPIAL greats, is a championship. He

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Montour's Jaxon Schrenker slaps the hands of young cheerleaders as he takes the field for a game against Mars Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Robinson.
High school football notebook: Rematches tough to avoid in WPIAL 1st round
November 1, 2017
Montour and New Castle tied for second in the Northwest Nine, but the WPIAL scheduled them head-to-head for the ultimate tiebreaker. The conference foes meet

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California coach Darrin Dillow
California among top seeds for WPIAL football playoffs
October 30, 2017
The WPIAL football committee wasn't always kind to the Tri-County South Conference. So, California coach Darrin Dillow wasn't sure his undefeated Trojans would be a

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Harlan on recruiting: Joey Porter Jr. making a name for himself at NA
October 25, 2017
Joey Porter Jr. was born with one of the most recognizable names in the WPIAL, but the North Allegheny junior quickly is making a name

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McKeesport's Layton Jordan gets tackled by Gateway defensive players when Gateway hosted Mckeesport, Friday, October 20, 2017.
Gateway defense comes through in clutch to defeat McKeesport
October 21, 2017
As the clocked ticked away, as McKeesport was pushing downfield, as Gateway's lead started to feel temporary, Gators junior Jeremiah Josephs started thinking about last

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Fox Chapel football head coach Tom Loughran shakes hands with Junior Cole Waxter after the Foxes scored a touchdown in the first half of game Friday night against West Allegheny.
5 things to watch in Week 8 of high school football: Teams control playoff destiny
October 19, 2017
Win and you're in. That's the mindset a number of WPIAL teams can embrace Friday night, knowing their playoff destinies are entirely in their own

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The Upper St. Clair football team celebrates a 21-20 win over West Allegheny in overtime Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in North Fayette.
Upper St. Clair upsets No. 1 West Allegheny in OT after failed 2-point conversion
October 7, 2017
Your luck finally ran out, Upper St. Clair's Jim Render told West Allegheny's Bob Palko with a lighthearted chuckle, as the two coaches embraced. Palko

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Imani Christian's Brian Yates carries for a touchdown past Jeannette's Ian Smith during the second quarter Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Wilkinsburg.
Five things we learned from Week 4 of high school football
September 30, 2017
This wasn't quite David and Goliath, but Imani Christian coach Ronnell Heard considered Friday's win a godsend. andquot;I think Friday night was a moment in

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Penn-Trafford's Will Mayr (53) forces a fumbles on Plum's Marcus Thomas (25) in the third quarter of a WPIAL 5A conference game on Friday Sept. 08, 2017 at Penn-Trafford.
Five things to watch in Week 5: Teams jockey for position in Big East Conference
September 28, 2017
That will become a little more clear after No. 3-ranked Gateway visits No. 2 Penn-Trafford on Friday night for a first-place matchup of undefeated teams.

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Pine-Richland's Jason DeFrancisis (17) celebrates his touchdown with Dawson Goltz next to Wayne's Justin Harris during the second quarter Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Pine.
5 things to watch in Week 4: Pine-Richland heads to Bethel Park for battle of unbeatens
September 21, 2017
Battle of the unbeatens Bethel Park has linemen with some size, an offense that controls the football and a defense that has allowed just four

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East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Harlan on recruiting: East Allegheny TE Banks sets commitment date
August 30, 2017
East Allegheny senior TJ Banks decided this week to pick a Wednesday in mid-October as his commitment date, the day he'll announce which Division I

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Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec leaps past Central Catholic's Clay Myers during the second quarter Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Highmark Stadium.
HS football position by position breakdown: Scouting the quarterbacks
August 12, 2017
The WPIAL had its first career 5,000-yard passer in 1993, when then-North Hills senior Eric Kasperowicz reached the lofty number. Now, the list is almost

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